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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for March 3.

Hector woman suffers minor injury in crash

RENVILLE -- A 20-year-old Hector woman suffered a minor injury and was treated at Renville County Hospital in Olivia after a one-vehicle rollover crash around 9 a.m. Wednesday along U.S. Highway 212.

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According to the State Patrol, Samantha R. Ebbers was westbound on the highway, lost control on the icy road and her vehicle left the roadway and rolled. The Renville County Sheriff's Office also responded.

Teens airlifted after crash west of Cokato, Litchfield man not hurt

COKATO -- Two 17-year-old Cokato residents were airlifted Wednesday to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis from the scene of a head-on, two-vehicle crash west of Cokato.

According to the State Patrol, Kristina M. Pfannenstein was driving a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire westbound on U.S. Highway 12, lost control and crossed the center line, where the vehicle collided with a 2000 Ford Ranger driven by Daniel Kotila, 29, of Litchfield.

The crash was reported around 8:05 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection with Pittman Avenue Southwest, just west of the city of Cokato.

Pfannenstein and her passenger, Sade C. Clay, also 17, were both in critical condition. Kotila suffered a minor injury, but was not taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.

The Wright County Sheriff's Office also responded to the crash.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Korey James Erickson, 21, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail, $1,000 in fines and 15 years of probation on two fourth-degree drug sale charges for selling ecstasy and Adderall pills to a informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force.

He was also ordered to pay $540 in restitution.

As part of a plea agreement, two additional fourth-degree sale charges were dismissed.

According to the complaint, an informant purchased 15 ecstasy pills for $225 on July 15, six ecstasy pills for $160 on July 27, four Adderall pills for $40 on July 28 and four Adderall pills for $40 on Aug. 12. The buys were conducted in a parking lot along the 800 block of First Street South and a parking lot along the 500 block of Litchfield Avenue Southeast.

- Cody Alan Kirgiss, 20, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of check forgery for allegedly stealing checks and forging them at a local bank.

His next appearance is May 4.

Kirgiss was also sentenced Tuesday to 13 months in prison on a fifth-degree drug possession charge. He was given credit for 205 days already served and ordered to pay a $50 fine.

That charge was filed after July 14, when Willmar police officers arrested Kirgiss on a warrant and found 1.1 grams of methamphetamine in his pocket.

According to the check forgery complaint, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office received a complaint on July 25 that a Target gift card had been stolen. The owner suspected Kirgiss had taken it.

On Aug. 4, another person reported that two checks had been forged on their checking account, for $750 and for $450. One had been written to Kirgiss and the other to a woman.

Kirgiss was interviewed at the Renville County Jail and admitted to taking the gift card, but denied forging the checks. He said a juvenile was possibly involved.

Video surveillance footage allegedly showed the woman cashing a check and then Kirgiss, as a passenger in the vehicle driven by the juvenile, passing a check.

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